ARC REVIEW: The Fever by Megan Abbott a.k.a where everyone talks about their viginities.
TITLE: The Fever
AUTHOR: Megan Abbott
PUBLICATION: Published June 17th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company
GENRE: YA/A > Horror | Mystery | Thriller
PAGES: 320pages (Hardcover)
RATING: 2 ★★
BLURB FROM GOODREADS:
The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.
The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.
A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire,The Fever affirms Megan Abbot’s reputation as “one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation” (Laura Lippman).
According to the genre, it’s Mystery, Thriller and what is that? Horror?
That’s funny, really. Because I wasn’t mystified, or thrilled.. and seriously, Horror?! Not by a long shot. It’s so weird guys.. so weird. I’m surprised I finished it. Kudos to Abbott’s sophisticated writing. Too bad the multiple POV’s has to ruin it. Or the story itself.
So here’s the gist. One by one, every girl in Deenie’s town has been having seizures and hallucinations. No one seems to know the cause behind it. What’s causing this contagious illness? Why girls only? But most importantly, WHY ISN’T DEENIE AFFECTED BY THIS CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS? Why isn’t she in the hospital like her friends?
Excited and thrilled yet? Well trust me, you’re not gonna stay that way. As I read through out the story, I admit that I was deeply intrigued. You can see it on my status updates. But geez, the multiple POV’s, unnecessary chapters and the bland and boring MC makes me want to hurt myself. You can notice that the author really gets out of her way just to confuse and make the readers think. And when I finally got some answers, I LOST IT.
I can’t believe I’ve been through 80% dull chapters for that shallow and stupid reason. THAT IS THE REASON?! Just to give you a heads up, it wasn’t really explained the WHY. Not even the HOW. To say that I was pissed is an understatement. Also, when I started reading The Fever I had this feeling.. like, oh my word this is going to be insanely good or wait is this paranormal or gosh! this book might haunt me forever. Maybe you’ll get those feels too so, I’m telling you, STOP RIGHT THERE. Don’t get your hopes up.
And I don’t want you to be crushed so I’ll do you a favor. It’s not paranormal. It’s not gonna haunt you, unless you hurt yourself out of frustration then you will surely remember it. Anyway I AM A BIG FAN of the writing, I really am. Actually, it was the only thing that kept me going. I was tempted (a lot of times!) to put this book down.. nothing is happening, the author keeps confusing me (and not in a good way), also all I got is ‘it doesn’t look like her’ or ‘i feel different’, blah blah blah.. So the CONCLUSION: I just wasted my time on a bunch of teenagers having problems about their virginities.
Have you read any works of the author? Do you recommend it? Because I just checked out her other books and the ratings are pretty high. But after reading this one, I’m having second thoughts on picking up anything from her. Looking forward to your answers!